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If you have diarrhoea or are vomiting, protect those in hospital by not visiting them.

Basildon hospital staff would like to remind people to please refrain from visiting friends or relatives, if you have any symptoms of diarrhoea or vomiting. This is to prevent transmission of infection to both the patient you are seeing and other vulnerable patients on the ward.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals are keen to help stop the spread of Norovirus and protect vulnerable patients.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus and the most common infectious cause of diarrhoea and vomiting in the UK. If you have symptoms of diarrhoea and/or vomiting or have been in contact with someone who has had these symptoms, please refrain from visiting friends or relatives. This will help us prevent transmission of infection to both the patient you are seeing and other vulnerable patients on the ward.

The important things to remember are:

  • Do not visit the hospital if you have had diarrhoea and/or vomiting until two days after symptoms have stopped (even if these were mild symptoms).
  • Do not visit friends or relatives in hospital if you have recently been in contact with anyone who has diarrhoea and/or vomiting
    Always wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap.
  • If you or someone you care for needs medical advice call NHS111 or visit your local pharmacist (or phone your GP surgery if you need medical assistance).
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
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